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Membership Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, October 19, 2018
Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2018

 October 19, 2018

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Advocacy & Policy

Your Feedback Needed on Proposed Immigration and Benefits Rule
LeadingAge national is seeking feedback from members on a new proposed immigration and benefits rulemaking effort. Comments are due to the Department of Homeland Security by December 10, so we hope to have member feedback by mid/late November at the latest.  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact any of three LeadingAge natonal staff, including Eram Abbasi, Barbara Gay, or Colleen Bloom.

Are You Ready for Your Next Fire Marshal Survey?
Take the guess work out of survey readiness with the survey checklists used by fire marshal surveyors. Nursing Facility: 1) Emergency Preparedness Survey Document and 2) Life Safety Code 2012 Survey Document.

CMS Publishes CY 2019 Medicare Premiums and Deductibles
On October 12, 2018, CMS published the Calendar Year 2019 premiums, deductibles and coinsurance amounts for Medicare Part A and Part B services.

Welcome Brendan Flinn - LeadingAge National’s New Director of HCBS!
Brendan will develop, refine and implement LeadingAge’s national agenda for HCBS and help LeadingAge members plan and implement community service programs. Before coming to LeadingAge, Brendan was the Policy Research Senior Analyst, Long-Term Services and Supports, at AARP Public Policy Institute. He has experience working on home and community-based services and Medicaid, providing policy expertise, research, report writing and fact sheets. He was the in-house expert on millennial family caregivers and wrote a report spotlighting this caregiving generation. He graduated from the George Washington University and University at Albany, NY.

HUD Under Continuing Resolution Until December 7
Unable to reach a deal on a four-bill appropriations package, Congress has passed a continuing resolution to keep HUD and some other federal programs funded through December 7. While Congress is poised to enact five of the 12 annual appropriations bills before the October 1 start of fiscal year 2019, the HUD bill is not among these. The President signed the continuing resolution on September 28.

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Strategic Thinking

How to Cope with Secondhand Stress
October 4, 2018, Harvard Business Review
It’s a well-known phenomenon: emotions are contagious. If you work with people who are happy and optimistic, you’re more likely to feel the same. The flip side is true too: If your colleagues are constantly stressed out, you’re more likely to suffer. How do you avoid secondhand stress? Can you distance yourself from your coworkers’ emotions without ostracizing them? And should you try to improve their well-being?

How to Create Better Nonprofit Executive Teams
October 17, 2018, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Only 19 percent of nonprofit executive team members strongly agree that their teams focus on the right work. To improve the performance of these vital groups, leaders should ask five critical questions.

Should You Give Your Star Employees Star Treatment?
October 16, 2018, Harvard Business Review
So, what can you do to keep your star performers motivated? Since engagement is a critical driver of performance, minimizing the gap between what your stars can do and actually do will be vital to achieving the highest level of collective output. Here are a few data-driven suggestions.

Remove Yourself from People Search Sites and Erase your Online Presence
September 20, 2018, ZDNet
Here is a step-by-step guide to reducing your digital footprint online, whether you want to lock down data or vanish entirely.

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News and Notes

Conference 2019 RFP Open
Six more weeks and counting until your RFP's are due. We want to hear from you! Submit your RFP to be a presenter at the 2019 LeadingAge North Carolina Annual Conference May 6-9 in Myrtle Beach, SC. The application is submitted online and is available by clicking here. Submissions are due by November 30th, plenty of time to organize your thoughts. Based on 2018 conference evaluations, attendees are interested in learning about:

  • finance/accounting
  • technology
  • public policy and regulations
  • workforce issues, successful retention and recruitment programs
  • communicating with family members
  • diversity of staff, board and residents
  • HIPAA compliance

We are seeking a variety of topics relevant to the field. Formats that include multi-disciplinary panels and member communities are encouraged. Submit your RFP today!

Please Keep Us Up to Date on Your Major Staffing Changes
In an effort to keep our contact information current with our members and their staff, we request that you notify Jennifer Gill as soon as possible when you have significant staffing changes (i.e. staff leave or new staff arrive).

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month
Week 3 of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is here, and we will shine a spotlight on helping everyone at work understand the importance of online safety.

Tom Akins Available to Speak with Your Constituents

Tom is adding speaking engagements to his calendar thanks to members who are calling to request him on their meeting agendas. Think about when it would make sense to ask Tom to visit your community. As a free member service, he is available to offer trend analysis presentations and other topics for your constituents. Contact Tom today to discuss your needs or please call Jennifer Gill in our office at 919-571-8333 for more information.

Support Disaster Relief for LeadingAge NC Members
Information about LeadingAge national's Disaster Relief Fund – and how donations can be made – can be found by CLICKING HERE.

We have received a number of calls and emails from individuals AND businesses asking how they can contribute and we think LeadingAge national’s Disaster Relief Fund is a great answer.


1.    LeadingAge national has been through this before, helping members respond to disasters from numerous hurricanes – most recently, Hurricane Harvey in Texas. They have the expertise, integrity, and infrastructure to handle the fund in a trusted way.

2.    100% of all donations will go directly to member organizations and their staff to cover a range of needs including basics supplies such as food and water. All donations are tax-deductible.

3.    In talking with LeadingAge Texas about their experience with the fund after Hurricane Harvey, member communities’ staff received the vast majority of disbursements from the fund. We’ll be sharing the process for making requests from the fund with our member community CEOs later today…in the meantime, it might be helpful to know that LeadingAge Texas member communities and their staff received $200,000 from LeadingAge national’s Disaster Relief Fund after Harvey struck in 2016.

For a staff member who is facing the unthinkable – a car swept away by flood waters, a home that is underwater, a roof that is missing, children’s clothing destroyed, and more – contributions to the fund will make all the difference.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the LeadingAge national Disaster Relief Fund. We’ll keep you updated about contributions, disbursements, and the process for seeking help. And, as always, thank you for your continuing commitment to those in need.

Hurricane Florence Recovery Resources
LeadingAge North Carolina has created a page on our website dedicated to disaster resources: preparedness, response and recovery. If you haven't been to the page in the last week, please revisit, as North Carolina-specific resources were recently added.

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LeadingAge North Carolina Member Communities Honored with Selection to National Leadership Academy
Congratulations to three individuals from North Carolina who have been selected for the upcoming LeadingAge national Larry Minnix Leadership Academy! Veronica Calderon from Aldersgate in Charlotte, Kenneth Jenzen from Givens Estates in Asheville, and Adam Melton from Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro, will begin their year-long program as National Fellows at LeadingAge’s annual meeting in Philadelphia at the end of this month. North Carolina has 29 national Leadership Academy Fellows, the fifth highest total of the 39 states who have had participants in the program since its inception in 2006. The national Leadership Academy now has 471 alumni Fellows.

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Professional Development

Caregiver Support Seminar
November 1 at Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem
November 2 at Carol Woods in Chapel Hill
4.0 NHA

$99 1st person
$75 Additional persons from the same community
$150 Non-members

The Caregiver Support Seminar has been rescheduled! We encourage you to register today as space is limited. Every staff person in your community would benefit from the Caregiver Support Seminar we have planned: Nursing, Dining, Administrative Support, Facilities, Therapists, Management, and more.

This day is designed to help staff:

  • Understand and practice how to respond with empathy and support to residents living with dementia
  • Respond to our own, as well as resident and family member grief
  • Discuss the inherent fear of death and the significance of this topic for those who work with the sick and dying
  • Examine moral courage and what it takes to make tough decisions

More details...

The Timeline of Dementia: Recognizing Changes and Adapting Support in Every Stage
Teams of caregivers (including but not limited to nursing assistants, nurses, dietary aides, support staff, therapists, and administrators) are supporting people living with dementia and their families for a decade or longer. Recognizing changes throughout this long disease can feel like detective work. We will focus on the timeline of this disease and why people do what they do in every stage. Participants will learn: the progression in 5 stages and strategies that work to support people in every stage; ways of adapting help to match a person’s changing needs and foster more positive interactions throughout the progression of dementia.

Life Lessons from Near Death Experiences
Explore the experiences of those who have had near death experiences, how those experiences have changed their lives and what messages/lessons they would share with others. We will touch on the characteristics of clinical death, the inherent fear of death, and the significance of this topic for professionals who work with the sick and dying.

Ethics and You
Ethical behavior is based on our value system. Our value system dictates how we will act under varying circumstances. In our society there are two kinds of courage: physical courage and moral courage. Moral courage is a new term in our lexicon and a person with moral courage will make difficult moral decisions without regard to circumstances and consequences. These are real heroes. We will discuss various examples of people who have moral courage and what it takes to make tough moral decisions.

Heather McKay is an award-winning occupational therapist and dementia care specialist, consultant, and international trainer/speaker who is passionate about helping healthcare providers and patient families de-mystify dementia care. Through her own diverse experience as a healthcare provider and leader—as well as close family member of a dementia patient—Heather has developed an engaging, measurement-based method for relating to each patient in whatever season. Through her unique and relevant communication tools, and highly-approachable style, Heather transforms the groups she consults—helping front-line staff, leaders, and families to better understand dementia while imparting physical safety and emotional well-being. Heather is also the producer for several widely-distributed dementia care education DVDs—backed by the esteemed Armed Forces Veterans Homes Foundation and the National Association of State Veterans Homes.

Dr. Jack Cotter currently resides in Mineral Bluff, Georgia where he works daily to develop and expand his seminars. With a PhD in Educational Leadership, Dr. Cotter motivates and inspires companies and individuals to be the best they can be by offering Customer Service, Ethics and Personality Style workshops. Dr. Cotter's career began as a high school administrator and eventually led to senior positions in both private and public school systems.

Register Online for November 1st in Winston-Salem
Register Online for November 2nd in Chapel Hill
Download Flyer

State Night Out
October 29, 2018
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown

Make plans now to attend the LeadingAge North Carolina State Night Out, a members-only social event that is held each year in conjunction with LeadingAge national's Annual Meeting & Expo.

RSVP Online Today
More Information

NEW!!! Phase 3 RoP: What to Expect; Developing Your Facility Action Plan
Moving Mountains
: SNF Provider Training, Tools, and Insight to Conquer 2019 Industry Changes

Webinar Series
All sessions held the first Wednesday of each month from November 2018 to November 2019 at 2pm eastern time (except Jan. 2019)

Series: $800 members / $1,600 non-members
Individual session: $75 members / $125 non-members

NAB Approved Contact Hours: 1.25 each session

This webinar series will guide providers in implementing a step-wise action plan to manage the industry changes taking effect in 2019 including Phase 3 RoP (Requirements of Participation) and preparing for the reimbursement transition from Medicare PPS RUGs IV to the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). Additional sessions may be added in the fall of 2019 based on member feedback and CMS updates.

Target Audience: Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing, Nurse Managers, Nursing Home Administrators, Nursing Staff & Leaders, RAI Coordinator, QA Director, Social Services, Staff Development Coordinator, Rehabilitation Services, Board Members

Register online today.
Download flyer.

Navigating the Future by Planning for the Unexpected

November 14, 2018 • 9:00am ~ 3:15pm
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Conference Center • Winston-Salem, NC

The Carolinas Center has partnered with North Carolina Partnership for Compassionate Care to provide "Navigating the Future by Planning for the Unexpected." This conference is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators, chaplains, healthcare managers, administrators and consumers to discover best practices and learn about the updates regarding end of life issues, as well as explore the National POLST Care Continuum Toolkit and the MOST Form.

For more information, visit:

2018 Event and Education Calendar

Please click here to view and print LeadingAge North Carolina's 2018 Event and Education Calendar. Register today! Get inspired and stay on top of trends. We look forward to seeing you.

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A group purchasing organization of LeadingAge North Carolina.


Linens are an important, but often overlooked, category when LeadingAge North Carolina members think about what is available through our Value First group purchasing organization. As with every contract members have access to, the goal is to save you money. Are you interested in any of the linen contracts below? Contact your Value First representative today!


Laundry and Linen Services

For additional information contact Value First representative Vanessa Ceasar at (404) 421-3956.

Value First group purchasing organization is owned by LeadingAge. The GPO is designed to leverage the buying power of LeadingAge members across the country to get the best pricing on a comprehensive array of products and services. This is your GPO!

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